The Blackphone will run a “security-oriented” version of Android named PrivatOS, which the companies say will allow users to securely place and receive phone calls, text messages, video chat, transfer and store files, and “anonymize your activity” through a VPN. It’s a joint effort from two companies and an effort to fight back against the obvious deterioration of individual privacy in society.
The companies, Silent Circle and Geeksphone, have respected histories in web technologies and encryption. Silent Circle CEO says that the Blackphone will offer users “everything they need to ensure privacy and control of their communications, along with all the other high-end smartphone features they have come to expect.”
There’s still alot up in the air – not much by way of detail – and the consumers most concerned with issues of privacy in communications and web tend to be very tech-savvy and will need to know just how such a thing is possible. As far as I know, even secure phone hardware must transfer information through the use of satellites and networks of telecom companies, which is a liability.
What do you think?
I’ll be watching to hear more details on just how they intend to do this. In the meantime here’s their intro promo video which, sadly, is more of a build-up teaser about why we need such a phone … not a product explanation.